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September 28, 2014

The semi-autonomous region of Aceh province has passed a law to punish gay and lesbian sex by 100 lashes in public

Lawmakers in the Indonesian province of Aceh have passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex with 100 lashes in public and subjects non-Muslims to the province's strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

According to media reports, the Aceh Islamic Criminal Code explicitly outlaws anal sex between men and 'the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation,' making homosexuality technically illegal for the first time in Aceh.

September 22, 2014

The event's poster was inspired by the jihadist group's beheading videos

Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event.

The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.'

September 20, 2014

The sharia bylaw, which could be passed as early as Monday, will apply to everyone regardless of religion

Indonesia's Aceh province – the only part of the country to enforce Islamic sharia law – is re-seeking to punish anyone who has same-sex sexual relations by 100 lashes of the cane.

According to an AFP report, the draft bylaw outlaws anal sex between men and 'the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation.'

September 18, 2014

LGBTIs are planning to flee Lebanon if Islamic State fighters get in. Those who can’t get out will be targeted for execution, they warn

A militant allegedly associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has described gay people as the 'worst of creatures'.

In an eight-minute clip, a masked man holding a rifle calls upon recruits to leave their countries and join ISIS in a rogue Islamic state where they've enacted sharia law.

Sharia law punishes homosexuality with being stoned to death.

June 11, 2014

Women were rounded up by religious vice authorities in raid on a wedding

A group of trans women have had their heads shaved and jailed in a male prison in Malaysia.

The 16 women, who were sentenced on Monday (9 June), have already served two days in prison.

It followed their arrest at a wedding in Bahau, Jempol, because the religious police said the women and one other were violating Sharia law.

The other escaped jail, as she was under the age of 18, but will be counselled for a year to ‘cure’ her condition.

June 10, 2014

Women were rounded up by religious vice authorities in raid on a wedding in Malaysia

16 trans women have been arrested and may be jailed in a Malaysia male prison.

They could face six months in prison where their heads will be forcibly shaved and they will have no access to gender treatment.

It comes after religious authorities raided a Malay wedding in Bahau, Jempol on Sunday, accusing 17 women of violating Sharia law.

The women were charged with cross-dressing, and were sentenced yesterday morning.

One of them escaped jail, as she was under the age of 18, she will be ‘counselled to cure the condition’.

April 30, 2014

As of 1 May 2014, the state of Brunei will launch a severe three-year Islamic penal code, punishing crimes of theft with amputations and same-sex acts with death by stoning

Starting tomorrow (1 May) Brunei starts an alarming masterplan to implement Islamic Sharia law that will eventually see gay people stoned to death.

The implementation on the penal code had been postponed from 22 April ‘due to unavoidable circumstances,’ according to a government official, but the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has made a statement saying he will enforce the law starting tomorrow.

April 2, 2014

Two Nigerian men that were accused of being homosexuals have been acquitted by an Islamic court due to a lack of evidence against them

Two men who were accused of having gay sex have been acquitted by a Nigerian Islamic court because the judge decided there was insufficient evidence to convict them.

The men were part of a group who were arrested late last year after they were accused of belonging to a gay club.

The men were arrested after locals raided a home in the city of Bauchi that they believed was being frequented by homosexuals.

March 9, 2014

The men face 1-year imprisonment and further violence if they fail to pay the US$120 fine meted out by the Islamic court

Four men were publicly whipped in a courtroom in northern Nigeria on Thursday after being convicted of having gay sex.

Quoting a human rights activist with the Nigeria-based International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights, the Associate Press reported that the four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.

January 23, 2014

Thousands of protesters in Bauchi, Nigeria, have hurled stones into a sharia court trying 11 men accused of belonging to gay organizations, urging the court to speed up their convictions and executions

A Bauchi, Nigeria, sharia court has been surrounded by thousands of stone throwing protesters baying for the conviction and execution of 11 men accused by authorities of belonging to gay groups.

Security forces were forced to fire in the air to disperse the crowd so that the accused could be return to prison unharmed after Judge El-Yakubu Aliyu closed the court after stones began being pelted into the building.

January 4, 2014

Under the amended Syariah law, any man or woman in Pahang found “cross-dressing” could face a maximum of one year behind bars or be fined up to RM1,000, or both.

In what is seen as a sign of increasing Islamisation in a country that is officially a secular state with Islam as its official religion, the northern state of Pahang has introduced heavier penalties on "cross-dressers" under an amended Syariah law, according to local news reports.

October 14, 2013

Chairman of Luton Islamic Centre in Britain tells BBC Radio an ‘ideal world’ would see homosexuality punished with death

Gays would be executed in an ideal world, a leader of the Muslim community in Luton, England has said.

Abdul Qadeer Baksh made the comment during an interview with BBC Three Counties Radio.

He was debating extremism with presenter Olly Mann and the former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson who has just stepped down saying the organization he founded to tackle Islamic fundamentalism has become too extremist.

September 23, 2013

Islamist group Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya has accused Egypt’s Constituent Assembly of opening the door to same-sex marriage by amending the constitution to ensure that non-Muslims may not be punished for living non-Islamic lives

Egyptian Islamist group Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya has accused Egyptian lawmakers of opening the door to same-sex marriage after they amended Article 3 of the country’s constitution to ensure non-Muslims could not be punished under sharia law.

Article 3 states that the personal and religious affairs of non-Muslim Egyptians should be governed by their own religious communities’ standards, not by those of Islam.

August 1, 2013

Majority Muslim Malaysia is considering passing laws to formally outlaw same-sex marriage in response to moves towards reform in neighboring Thailand

The Director-General of Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development has said that sharia law provisions against homosexuality may not be enough to curb Malaysians from seeking to enter into same-sex marriages and has called for secular laws to ban the practice.

May 20, 2013

Muslim leaders in Britain have claimed introducing gay marriage would undermine traditional families and take away parents’ and teachers’ rights

Gay Star News yesterday (19 May) reported Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British right-wing newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

May 8, 2013

Deputy mayor of sharia law province of Aceh is backing a new bylaw where gay men and women will be caned 100 times

Gay men and women living in a strict Islamic province of Indonesia are going to be publicly lashed 100 times under a proposed bylaw backed by politicians.

Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, the Banda Aceh Deputy Mayor, is calling for harsher bylaws against gay people as it is against the district’s adherence to sharia law.

Djamal, who has called homosexuality ‘a social disease that should be eradicated, has complained police are unable to punish gay people under current rules.

February 21, 2013

Gay Muslim advocate Omar Kuddus demands a swift response to the students who called on gays to be killed for kissing

GSN reported on Tuesday (19 February) about a Manchester student who secretly filmed an extremist Muslim at his Students’ Union saying gays should be executed.

Colin Cortbus, a Middle East studies student at the university in north-west England, used a small camera to film the event. It was organized by the Muslim-led Global Aspirations of Women student group.

February 1, 2013

Tehmina Kazi talks about fighting homophobia while nurturing understanding and respect for diversity within British Muslim communities

Over the last two weeks, a flurry of amateur YouTube videos have emerged, chronicling the activities of self-appointed ‘moral vigilantes.’

Storming the streets of Tower Hamlets, they took it upon themselves to ‘confiscate’ bottles of alcohol in the clutches of public drinkers, and harassed women whose dress codes fell short of their own particular definition of modesty (which, I’m guessing, is around 99% of the UK female population, including the Muslims).

January 25, 2013

Why Imams were right to condemn the gang trying to impose Sharia law in east London and why Islam doesn’t actually say being gay is a sin

This week GSN reported the Metropolitan Police were investigating a ‘Muslim Patrol’ in London that has been harassing men for looking ‘gay’.

This investigation was prompted by a video posted on You Tube on the weekend (19 to 20 January), which showed a group calling an unknown male a ‘bloody fag’. The video is prefaced by a logo saying ‘Islam will take over the world.’

January 20, 2013

Omar Kuddus, a Muslim gay LGBT rights advocate says there is no place for Sharia law in Britain and being gay is not sinful in Islam

Omar Kuddus, a Muslim gay LGBT rights advocate spoke against the possibility of applying sharia law in the United Kingdom.

Kuddus, who is also a GSN contributor as well as director and founder of GayAsylumUK believes that the introduction of Sharia law into Britain would put LGBT people’s safety and civil rights at risk.

Appearing on the UK's Channel 4 - 4Thought program, he argues religion should have no part in civil law.

January 18, 2013

Gay Star News interviews Thilaga Sulathireh, a woman dedicated to helping trans women fight the law in Malaysia

The situation is bad for gay men and women in Malaysia, but it's really bad for transgender women who get constantly harassed by the police and their very existence is criminalized under sharia law.

January 9, 2013

New Islamic Sharia laws in Indonesian province of Aceh propose flogging gay people and making it illegal for women passengers to straddle motorbikes

Editorials in The Jakarta Post and The Bangkok Post have slammed authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh for introducing new Islamic Sharia laws that include flogging gay people and banning women passengers from straddling motorbikes.

'When the New Year chimed in parts of Aceh, Indonesia, the calendar rolled over from 2012 to 1413,' said the editorial in The Bangkok Post.

June 9, 2012

Municipality seeks to ban homosexuality along with prostitution and the consumption of alcohol

The Indonesian city of Tasikmalaya in West Java is seeking to implement controversial Sharia based laws which would make it compulsory for all Muslim women in the city to wear headscarfs and criminalise homosexuality.

Homosexuality is not an offence under Indonesia’s national laws. However many local government areas within the country have sought to ban it by including it in local public morality laws.

June 6, 2012

Tunisian minister of human rights Samir Dilou rejects UN demand to decriminalize same-sex acts, saying it is incompatible with Islam

Tunisia's human rights, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.

In a press conference held in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, on 2 June Dilou stated that while all Tunisians are entitled to basic protection, lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not included.